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UAS Bulletin: a new online publication dedicated to European and international UAS initiatives

UAS Bulletin #1 - May 2021

Dear readers,

It is my pleasure to announce the release of the first ECAC UAS Bulletin. In this new online publication, we will address the key unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) initiatives making progress in ECAC Member States and internationally, as well as the strategic aspects to be considered for the development of this sector.

In recent years, the UAS industry has become a strategic segment of aviation, with significant implications for other industries. Innovation and technological development play a major role in this sector, which possesses great potential.

One of the main objectives of ECAC’s drone agenda is to promote an exchange of high-level perspectives on possible UAS developments in order to meet the challenges facing the sector. Various initiatives are already being launched by ECAC Member States regarding implementation of the new European framework, the U-space concept and urban air mobility.

This first edition of the UAS Bulletin is organised in three parts: the first addresses the measures being promoted by some ECAC Member States (Croatia, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Poland, Spain and Switzerland), the second focuses on the UAS initiatives taken by European organisations (EASA, EUROCONTROL) and others such as JARUS and ICAO, and the third presents measures developed by two strategic partners (China and the United States), to offer a global perspective of different ways to approach the development of UAS.

We hope that starting with this very first edition, the ECAC UAS Bulletin will be used to broadcast the numerous actions being taken by States and organisations in the ECAC region and on the international scene.

The next editions will include other initiatives, thus fostering an exchange of experiences and information on this subject among Member States and leading to the construction of a strategic drone observatory within ECAC.

Before concluding the presentation of this first edition, I would like to thank the States and organisations for contributing the valuable information that has made this publication possible.

 

Raúl Medina Caballero

DGCA Spain

Former ECAC's Focal Point for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)


Introduction

UAS, a strategic sector as a lever for growth

UAS-related measures being promoted by ECAC Member States

Croatia

Finland

Georgia

Germany

Poland

Spain

Switzerland

UAS initiatives being taken by European organisations

EASA

EUROCONTROL

ICAO

JARUS

Measures taken by ECAC's partner States

China

United States

 

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